Good morning friends,
This past weekend I started my SOSD class, and it was wonderful. Eighteen of us sat in the living room of this lovely room and learned together. I felt at ease and full of joy. My fatigue still dipped as these two full days went on, but they also were energizing days. As Saturday evening approached, I asked myself “Why?” The answer I settled on surprised me.
Because the fatigue from Hashimoto’s affects my entire body, I want to be able to enter into my work with my entire body. I crave stillness and silence and I’m word weary. Teaching means I speak a lot. And there’s a part of me that knows that soon I will enter a season in which I will teach through my silence, my stillness, appropriate touch and looks of compassion. I sense that spiritual direction is a way of entering into a practice with my entire being-and I wondered for so long if I would ever feel this again.
I know I’m also entering a season in which people will ask “What is spiritual direction?” Here’s my working definition right now:
Spiritual direction is a relationship of accompaniment, between director and directee, in which the director listens compassionately and asks spiritual questions of the directee, helping the directee to notice the presence and work of God in his or her everyday life.
With hopefulness, I get to read, practice, and learn about the practice and art of spiritual direction, hoping that soon this ministry will be more prominent in my life. There are 4 more teaching weekends from now until May and in between sessions there’s reading, writing, practicing and receiving spiritual direction.
Thanks to all of you for journeying with me, and affirming my life’s story, my winding journey in which the Lord continues to clarify my desires, longings, and calling.